Ravasi ravages the Welsh
THE A team had been one of the few reasons for optimism in Welsh rugby recently, but they ruined that reputation yesterday with an exceedingly disappointing performance against Fiji. The tourists, making their first appearance in a trip that will also take in Ireland won far more easily than the scoreline suggests;their goal-kicker missing five easy penalties from six attempts.
Magnificent continuity and four fine tries which saw them putting in attacks from fifth and sixth-phase possession were evidence of their superiority.
Half of the Fijian squad consisted of overseas-based players from New Zealand and Australia, and they are being run by technical advisers, the All Blacks Brad Johnstone and Bernie Fraser. It was no wonder therefore that they achieved the more New Zealand-styled ball winning, allied to the traditional Fijian flair in handling and running.
The Fijian man of the match was the full-back Phillipe Rayasi, a magnificent attacking support runner, who time and again ripped open the Welsh defence and also had a tremendous penchant for counter-attack.
There were also moments of physical vigour in the game with a yellow card being shown to the Welsh centre, Garreth Thomas, for a punch. A couple of Fijians, including Rayasi, who brought down Proctor with a desperately high tackle which brought a penalty try, should also have been singled out for punishment.
The first score was a penalty goal by Adrian Davies, midway through the first half, and then Rasolosolo Bogisi kicked his only penalty before the Fijian No 8, Rouse, taking the ball from his retreating scrum, carried to the narrow side where Bogisi and Rayasi pierced the defence for a fine try by Bale, which made it 8-3 at half-time.
Wales regained the lead with the penalty try, which Davies converted. Fiji came back with a crucial inception try from the halfway line when Masirewa seized on a Proctor pass from Garreth Thomas and the flanker outran Adrian Davies to score under the post and Bogisi converted. Typically Fiji now cut loose and a long pass by Bogisi to Bari brought another try, followed by another try by Bale.
Wales A: J Thomas (Llanelli); A Harris (Swansea), M Taylor (Swansea) , G Thomas (Brigend), W Proctor (Llanelli); A Davis (Cardiff), P John (Pontypridd, capt); A Lewis (Cardiff), R McBryde (Llanelli), S John (Llanelli), G Prosser (Pontypridd), A Moore (Swansea), A Gibbs (Newbridge), O Lloyd (Llanelli), S Williams (Neath).
Fiji: P Rayasi (King Country); M Bari (Tavua), S C Sorovaki (Wellington), L Little (King Country), P Bale (Canterbury); R Bogisi (Nasi), J McClennan (Auckland); J Veitavaki (King Country, capt), E Batimala (Nadroga), E Naituvau (Suva), E Katalau (Poverty Bay), I Tawake (Nadroga), T Tamanivalu (Brothers), W Masirewa (Counties), D Rouse (Nadi).
Referee: P Thomas (France).
A tight game could be in prospect here. Northampton have been keeping things very tight of late and ...
by Gareth Purnell
18 May 2013 02:01 AM
I can’t ever watch games of football or rugby without wistfully wondering what it must be like to be...
by Martin Ayres
16 May 2013 05:10 PM
Since PSG’s exit to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final in April, PSG have been sur...
by Matthew Riding
15 May 2013 02:37 PM
Stoke City investigate 'religious' abuse after 'pig head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'
Is David Beckham one of the Premier League greats? He's not even in the top 1,000 says Chris Waddle
Groundhog day looms for Arsène Wenger as Arsenal battle for a place in the Champions League on final day
Andre Villas-Boas ready to spark Tottenham revolution
One last swipe at Manchester City and then Sir Alex Ferguson was gone...
- 1 Heading for the States? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Amir Khan interview: 'One second could end my boxing career'
- 3 Boxing: Purdy set to join long list of British fighters who take the money – and then the beating
- 4 Dan Stevens after Downton Abbey: The erstwhile Matthew Crawley is back in period costume
- 5 Join Ryanair! See the world! But we'll only pay you for nine months a year
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bens: Progressive Recruitment: C# WEB DEVELOPER Le...
£240 - £260 per day: Progressive Recruitment: WPF Developer (C#, VB.Net) North...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: KS2 teacher needed to do PPA ...